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Martin Luther King Wouldn’t Be Very Happy With This Medicaid Map

TCF fellow Harold Pollack describes how Martin Luther King Jr. was a staunch defender of not only race equality, but also of justice in the health care system. He uses an infographic map to exhibit what Medicaid recipients look like on a US scale:

Read Pollack's full article featured in Huffington Post.

Tags: medicaid, health insurance, health care reform

How Obamacare Could Help Prevent the Next Shooting Rampage

Bloomberg Businessweek mentions TCF fellow Harold Pollack in a recent article discussing one of his tweets that notes that the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion represents the fastest way to mitigate the frequency and likelihood of future attacks involving guns.


Read more here.

Tags: twitter, medicaid expansion, health care, harold pollack, gun reform, gun policy, gun debate

The best cancer care isn’t always the most expensive

TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."

"The IOM  makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."

How to get help if your state isn’t expanding Medicaid

TCF fellow Harold Pollack quoted in The Reporter, a local Pennsylvania news outlet, on the problems people will face if they are ineligible for Medicaid and cannot afford subsidies. “This is a perverse situation where people may have to break rules to get health care coverage that the law intended to provide them,” Pollack says in reference to the possibility that applicants will overestimate their incomes. 

Keep the gummint out of my Obamacare!

TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler cited in Washington Monthly for her research on citizens' misunderstanding of legislative accomplishments. 

"[A]s Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler has found," Kathleen Geier writes, "many recipients of government largesse claim that they have never used a government program. Among the programs that beneficiaries deny receiving are the home mortgage interest deduction, student loans, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, unemployment benefits, and more."

It’s Not the Age Bands, It’s the Medical Underwriting

TCF fellow Harold Pollack for Washington Monthly on the health reform proposal offered last week by health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute. "The AEI authors," Pollack writes, "don’t say much about the legal, regulatory, and competitive realities of how an overtly risk-rated insurance system would actually function." 


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